MAUREEN FAULKNER: Still Her Husband's Voice
By Catherine Saillant
In the 26 years since former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal gunned down her cop husband on a Philadelphia street, Maureen Faulkner has often felt like a reed in a tornado.
As death penalty opponents around the world rallied to win Abu-Jamal a new trial, contending that he had been framed by local police, Faulkner quietly fought back one hearing at a time. She never missed a court hearing through the long appeals process, even after she moved from Philadelphia to suburban Ventura County. She's appeared at pro-Mumia events, handing out fliers to explain the evidence that led a jury to convict and sentence Abu-Jamal to death.
Now, with a new book that presents her view of what she believes is the misguided support that has made her husband's killer a global cause celebre, Faulkner, 51, says she is determined to remain the voice of her late husband, Danny."Here's a man who murdered another man with premeditation and malice. Why does he have a voice?" asked Faulkner, calm and articulate, from the sun-filled dining room of her hilltop home north of Los Angeles. "My husband has been silenced."
This is a great book; I have it and I've read it. It very poignantly relates the personal struggle of weathering her husband's death that Maureen Faulkner has endured, and the lousy, partisan tactics of the pro-Mumia empty-headed PCers.
Please, if you've ever wondered what all the fuss was about, please read her book, so you know what really happened--and what's now at stake.